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Bars for a night out - Ladies & Gentlemen
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The 100 best bars and pubs in London: nights out

Planning some fun nights out in London bars? These joints from our top 100 are looking lively as soon as the sun sets

By Euan Ferguson, Laura Richards and Time Out London Food & Drink
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London provides the ultimate backdrop for a big night out on the town. We've selected some glitzy drinking destinations, so whether you're aiming for sophisticated cocktail bars or planning on partying hard at London's cool bars, you can treat the below list as your party planner.

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Bars and pubs for nights out in London

Ape & Bird

Restaurants Contemporary European Seven Dials

A stripped-down drinking den with a wealth of Italian liqueur behind the bar.

Baltic

Restaurants Eastern European Southwark

Chilled-out cocktail bar with all the vodka you’ll ever vant. Ideal for post-Old Vic drinks.

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Bar Termini

Bars and pubs Cocktail bars Soho

Lively and always busy, but quiet because of its size – early evenings are perfect for a cocktail before dinner in Soho.

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The 100 best bars and pubs in London - Happiness Forgets, Hoxton
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Happiness Forgets

Bars and pubs Cocktail bars Hoxton

Head here when on a late East End night out that needs something a bit classy.

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The 100 best bars and pubs in London - Ladies & Gents, Kentish Town
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Ladies & Gentlemen

Bars and pubs Cocktail bars Kentish Town

Flush away the cares of the day at this Kentish Town cocktail magnet in a disused public loo.

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The 100 best bars and pubs in London - LP Bar, New Cross
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LP Bar

Bars and pubs Cocktail bars New Cross

This groovy flight-themed bar is great for a fun few cocktails on a weekend night.

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Rum Kitchen

Bars and pubs Cocktail bars Notting Hill

Happy times are all the time here, but the actual happy hour is practically ecstatic.

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The 100 best bars and pubs in London - Satan's Whiskers, Bethnal Green
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Satan's Whiskers

Bars and pubs Cocktail bars Bethnal Green

The weekend starts early at Satan's Whiskers so come for upmarket mixed drinks in a down to earth and devilishly cool location.

Sun Tavern

Bars and pubs Pubs Bethnal Green

The Sun is a perfect balance of relaxed and revelrous – ideal for a weekend session with pals.

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The Old Blue Last

Music Music venues Shoreditch

The beating heart of east London hipsterdom. Gigs happen most nights of the week and are usually free.

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The 100 best bars and pubs in London - Wenlock Arms, Hoxton
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Wenlock Arms

Bars and pubs Pubs Hoxton

You probably won’t be passing, ever, so make a night of it and bring all your pals. This could just be the best pub in London.

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